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tv   Way Too Early With Willie Geist  MSNBC  July 6, 2011 5:30am-6:00am EDT

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good morning. i'm willie geist. this is way too early, the show that doesn't quite know what day it is on this holiday week. i'm glad you're up with us watching on msnbc and listening live on sirius-xm radio. shoot me an e-mail and let me know what you're doing up this early or can you text your response to 622639. the next 30 minutes will be your cram session for this wednesday, july 6th, there you go. there's a lot going on today including the latest on the exxon spill along the yellowstone river. an update on how bad things have gotten there. plus, how bad have things gotten for tiger woods? he's doing ads for japanese heat rub. i say again, heat rub. you'll see tiger's newest endorsement of it later. first, let's get to the news
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live at 5:30 a.m. here at 30 rock in new york city. a deadline weeks away, president obama is rejecting calls for a short term hike to the debt ceiling. making a rare appearance in the briefing room yesterday, the president invited leaders from both parties and chambers to meet with him on thursday at the white house. that's tomorrow. challenging them to seize the moment and make a bigger deal. >> i don't think the american people sent us here to avoid tough problems. it's, in fact, what drives them nuts about washington when both parties simply take the path of least resistance. and i don't want to do that here. i believe that right now we've got a unique opportunity to do something big, to tackle our deficit in a way that forces our government to meet within its means, that puts our economy on a stronger footing for the future and still allows us to invest in that future. it's my hope that everybody's going to leave their ultimatums
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at the door, that we'll all leave our political rhetoric at the door, and that we're going to do what's best for our economy and do what's best for our people. >> less than an hour after the president's invitation, house speaker john boehner dismissed the proposed discussions saying a deal will not pass in the house if it includes tax increases. in a statement boehner said in part, i'm happy to discuss these issues at the white house, but such discussions will be fruitless until the president recognizes economic and legislative reality. house majority leader eric cantor seemed to leave a little wriggle room in regard to keeping tax loopholes on the table. he said, house republicans are not objecting to this loophole or that. we oppose raising taxes on families and small businesses at a time when we all should be focused on growth and job creation. texas republican senator john corn innot, though, any more leaving the door open for loophol loopholes. he says republicans will not agree to raising taxes even
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through indirect ways such as closing tax loopholes which isn't exactly raising taxes or end inning certain subsidies. >> let me be as clear as i know how. we're not for raising taxes through the front door or through the back door during a fragile economic recovery because we think that would make unemployment worse, not better. so that's really the bottom line as far as i'm concerned. >> tax increases being considered. revenue raisers, tax increases all the same point. the budget debate still in a stalemate, senate democratic leaders are postponing a vote on military operations in libya. republicans insist lawmakers should focus attention on government spending and the nation's debt limit. meanwhile, president obama will face questions from twitter users all over the country today in the first ever twitter town hall. the president will focus on jobs and the economy. questions for the event will be selected by twitter. republican presidential
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front-runner mitt romney is sharpening attacks on president obama's handling of the u.s. economy. during a stop in new hampshire yesterday, romney told reporters that the blame for the sluggish recovery rests solely with the president. >> this recovery has been anemic. we have not created the jobs we should have. it is way underperformed. the recovery seen under president reagan. the president i think has deepened the down turn, has made it last longer and what should have been a strong and robust recovery by now has not occurred. >> romney's comments come up as he picks up the endorsement of utah congressman jason chaffetz. a new poll also has romney taking a commanding lead in new hampshire. the latest wmur granite state poll shows romney winning 35% of the vote right now among republican voters. down there in single digits.
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but huntsman capturing 2% despite several recent trips to that state. romney is out front when it comes to fund-raising as well. the former massachusetts governor is expected to report that his so-called super pack collected $10 million and $15 million in the second quarter. that dwarfs competitors, among them pim pawlenty and huntsman. newt gingrich will announce a $2 million haul but his campaign is also reportedly about a million dollars in debt. romney will try to add to his total next month when he heads to london for a fund-raiser with americans abroad. the front page of this morning's "new york times" reads, u.s. to prosecute a somali suspect in civilian court. the "times" and others reporting a decision to fly the man to new york for trial was made after months of interrogation aboard a u.s. naval ves he will. the suspect is reportedly
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charged with nine counts related to accusations he provided support to the militant group in sow mall yachlt he is also said to be accused of being involved with al qaeda in the arabian peninsula in yemen. there are conflicting reports about his role within the militant groups but the justice department confirms he is not accused of plotting a specific attack. officials argue civilian court is the best place for the trial because the prosecution would face fewer legal hurdles. federal government issuing a new order directing xpon mobiex to rebury the burst pipeline under the yellowstone river in order to protect it from more damage. surging flood waters are hintering the latest efforts to contain and find the cause of friday's oil spill. the waterway is now above flood stage stoking fears that currents could push crude into areas vital to the river's prized fishery. exxonmobil says the spill extends 25 miles down stream
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near billings, montana. the 12 inch pipeline has dumped up to 42,000 gallons of oil into the river. george lewis reports. >> reporter: exxonmobil expanded its cleanup effort putting more people in the field. there are 360 workers assigned to the spill as the giant oil company tries to figure out what went wrong with its pipeline. >> i really can't speculate on what caused this. it was a very big surprise to us. >> reporter: the roaring floodwaters have sent a lot of trees like this big cotton wood crashing into the river. one theory is the flood he roded the soil covering the pipeline allowing debris to strike it causing the pipeline to rupture. montana governor toured the spill area observing the cleanup and promising land owners like jim swanson that he'll keep after exxonmobil to get rid of the oil. >> this is done when the state of montana says it's done. nobody else. >> glad you're here.
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>> i will personally be on this like smell on skunk until it's done. >> along another part of the river bank -- >> i have a mile riverfrontage. >> bob castle berry showed us his flooded home, his land reeking of crude oil. >> it was a dream home when we bought it. watz a dream home. and we wanted to stay here forever. >> now the house will be torn down and bob and his wife will have to rebuild on higher ground. the oil stain on the side of his garage is the high water mark from the flooding. bob said he was shocked the night he first looked out at the smelly waters surrounding his house. >> i shined that spotlight on that side that, river was black with crude oil. just black with crude oil. >> reporter: in spite of promises by the governor and exxonmobil to get the spill cleaned up, no one yet knows how long that will take. >> that was george lewis. ed marky is calling for hearings to investigate the spill and to look again at the bigger picture of oil pipeline safety.
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still ahead here on "way too early," high drama last night at fenway park with the game coming down to a contest between a boston left fielder's throwing arm and a toronto runner's speed coming home. we'll show you which won out. great finish. and casey anthony found not guilty of the murder of her 2-year-old daughter. there were a lot of angry legal ladies on the tv last night screaming about the verdict. we'll ask a much more stable legal analyst savannah guthrie what she thought and get a check of your weather when "way too early" comes back. >> judith militaler arrived at jail tonight. in that case said thomas hogan, up to four months confinement might change her mind, ordering her held until she decides to testify.
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welcome back to "way too early." you look at a beautiful live picture of the united states capitol. lit's check your weather from bill karins. bill, good to see you this morning. before you give us the forecast, what was going on in arizona yesterday? >> good morning. you have ever seen a haboob before? >> i'm sorry? >> go on? >> this is a haboob. it is the official weather term for dust storms. >> wow. >> this was an oppressive one, historic one for the phoenix area. winds kicked up to 60 to 70 miles per hour from a thunderstorm. it picked up all the dust and blew right through arizona. imagine everyone that had their windows open or car doors open. i mean the sand got everywhere. many people will be hosing down their back yards trying to get all that dirt removed during the day to day. so that is word of the day,
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haboob. as far as right now, the thunderstorms are overwith. the sheet a huge story. can you believe that in oklahoma city, we've now had more 100 degree days than in las vegas. oklahoma city and austin has been ridiculous summer and even dallas has had another 100-degree day yesterday. we're going to do it again today. 101 in dallasment a lot of areas will have a chance of afternoon thunderstorms. they're hit and miss. they'll be in and out. even areas like d.c. and atlanta, not a big deal. >> haboob. incredible pictures of that. >> it is an amazing thing. tiger woods pulled out of the british open next week. the 14-time major winner said on his website he's been advised not to play in the open because of that injured knee and achilles tendon. tiger said he'll only return when he is 100% ready. he mistwo majors this year because of the injuries and played nine competitive holes since the masters in early april. tiger's golf game is struggling, he seems to be getting back a
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little bit of his endorsement deals. is this getting it back, really? we reportedcently he scored hisirst deal since the sex scandal with a japanese company called coa. plug in a heat rub products. now we have our first look at the ad. [ speaking japanese ] >> there you go. japanese heat rub much he's back. we don't have any details on the size of the endorsement. but he is endorsing japanese heat rub. baseball, great game at fenway. red sox hosting the jays. jon lester was strong early striking out encarnacion in the second. he was no-hitter threw four. but left the game before the fifth because of a strained lat muscle. red sox up 3-0 in the ninth.
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jose bautista pumps out of the stadium the 28th home run. a two out base hit wave home for with a chance to tie the game. mcdonald fires a bullet to the plate. did he get him? ion' think so. . ths no ta watch itagain. great pl the runner got his leg in. there yeah, he's safe. >> he's out. >> boston wins according to the umpirement a walkoff throw. great throw. bad tag. boston wins plate. albert pew hole was supposed to miss six to eight weeks recovering from a broken wrist. last night activated. an entire month earlierer than expected. he was held out of the lineup against cincinnati. the cards didn't need him. mat holiday with a solo home run to left field. then about the season lance
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burkeman is having? he goes back to back home run to right. this one went 452 feet, we're told. second longest in the new busch stadium. in the fifth, holiday again. all cardinals, 8-1. pujols is expected to play tonight. back to the al east for the yankees taking on the indians in cleveland. derek jeter still looking for 3,000 hits. he is six away coming into last night. leads off with a slow roller to third. orlando cabrera can't make the play. they give jeter a hit on that one. the captain up again in the second. this one into the gap. posada and that's a real hit. yankees up 3-0. jeter, four hits away now from 3,000. he got two hits last night. same inning, curtis grander son down the line. he was not done there. this guy is playing out of his mind. fourth inning, another home run. that's his 25th of the season. curtis granderson, yankees win big 9-2. out west, pitching duel between two of the best in the game,
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tiger's justin verlander and angels dan haren. bobby abray yau loabreu doesn't call and the home plate umpire runs him. what? bottom of the second, eric aybar doubles to right. kendrick scores. third base umpire calls for verlander to use a different ball after he wiped his mouth. verlander was unhappy about it. jim leyland, the tiger's manager not happy about it. end of the inning. the umpire and jim leyland get into it. west tosses him out. dan haren's spectacular striking out miguel ka brar yachlt ver lander is pulled from the game. he gives the umpire a piece of his mind on the way out and he gets tossed. angels win 1-0. dan haren throws a two hit shutout to pick up the 100th career win. coming up at the top of the hour on "morning joe," president
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obama calls congressional leadership to the white house to talk about a budget deal. republicans rsvp by saying we'll come but we'll tell you right now there will not be any tax increases in this conversation. so where do we go from here? we'll discuss it with our crew. and when we come back here, savannah guthrie gives us a cool-headed breakdown of what happened in the case qui anthony trial or why she got off yesterday on murder charges. yes, we're going to start covering the trial after it's over. "way too early" is coming right back. inside all of us is a compass and it always points true north. toward mountains of sand. toward new sights and sensations. toward the true bounty of nature so let's set our compass for traverse city and find ourselves. in the magic, and the moments
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as to the charge of first-degree murder, verdict, as to count one, we the jury find the defendant not guilty so say we all, orange county, florida, on this fifth day of july, 2011, signed foreperson. as to the charge of aggravated child abuse, verdict as to count two, we the jury find the defendant not guilty. as to the charge of aggravated manslaughter of a child, verdict is to count three, we the jury find the defendant not guilty so say we all dated orlando orange
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pieces of evidence and a big pricetag. tell your friends the trial of casey anthony reportedly cost the state of florida more than $361,000, making it one of the most expensive trials in state history according to court officials who estimate the cost alone for lodging of each juror about $112 a night. we are on the show coming a little late on the casey anthony trial. late as in after its over. so i asked our friend savannah guthrie to help us sort through what happened on this dramatic day one of our after the gavel coverage. thank you for waking up at this hour. >> i admire your commitment to covering the case. >> my commitment started about 12 minutes ago. so here we are. so for our viewers who haven't been focused, can you give a thumbnail sketch of what happened leading up to the verdict yesterday? >> yes. so we had a six-week trial.
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the case started three years ago when this little girl went missing and came to light that her mother, casey anthony, the be defendant in this case didn't report her child missing for 31 days. during the 31 days, we see the pictures of her going around and partying and not seeming to look for her daughter. prosecutors charged her with first-degree murder which could have carried the death penalty. the jury acquitted her of not first-degree murder but all murder charges, all manslaughter charge and even the simple charge of child abuse finding that the prosecutors do not prove their case. >> there were last night some very frightening women i noticed screaming at the television about this. the front pages of the new york tabloids, noous for caylee. new york post, not guilty is sin. why was this verdict so controversial? what were these people screaming about last night? >> i think it's controversial because many people who watch the trial think there is
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something very suspicious here. they think who else would have had the opportunity? who had custody and control of caylee anthony? there's no suggestion by anyone, including the defense, that she had been abducted by a stranger. in fact, the defense claims shi drowned in the swimming pool and this young mother failed to report it because she was afraid she would get blamed for the drowning. the people who have been watching the case look at it and think of it as a manifest injustice because there was testimony in the case, for example that, there was a smell of a dead body coming from the trunk of casey anthony's car. we told you about her behaviorment she repeatedly lied to police and those are the only counts she was convicted of, four counts of lying to police. so there were forensics that showsed decomposing piece of hair of caylee anthonies in the trunk of the car. there was a lot of circumstantial evidence that she had something to do with her daughter's death.
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but my take on it is they obviously did not think there was sufficient proof to know. there were huge gaps in evidence. we don't know when caylee anthony diedment we don't know how she died. and that was just a bridge too far for the jurors. >> and you and i talked about this. it's -- you're an attorney. i served on long juries where you was the foreman. it's never as cut and dry for a jury as maybe it looks for the media and for those of us watching from the outside. a lot of the criticism unfounded of the y. >> well, i th that's right. and, look, these are people that gave up their lives for six weeks. they live in a hotel and sequestered. their tv was monitored. calls were monitored. i'm always a little loathe to criticize them. it is also different. what we hear on tv is a lot different than the way the evidence actually come in at trial. and as i said, on the news last night, it's one thing to talk about a trial around a kitchen table and say i think she's
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guilty. quite another to fill out a verdict form. you look at the evidence that they have to be proved -- this has to be proved beyond a reasonable doubt and they take that concept very seriously. >> at the end of the day it is terrible a little 2-year-old girl is dead. let's hope the media can cool its jets a little bit. thank you for being a very cool-headed analyst on this trial and not screaming at us. well done. >> good to talk you to. congratulations on your first and last casey anthony coverage. >> this concludes our casey anthony coverage forever. >> "morning joe" is moments away. ♪ ♪ ♪ look at that car, well, it goes fast ♪ ♪ givin' my dad a heart attack ♪ [ friend ] that is so awesome. ♪ i love my car [ engine revving ] [ male announcer ] that first chevy, yea,
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